So I am sitting at home and started hearing about this new movie on commercials, in news and on some blogs and news sites that I frequent. The weird thing is that I am seeing rave reviews from folks from all over the spectrum. I had not heard of the book so I asked my kids if any had read this. They actually all had read it as required reading in middle school. Their reviews were so so, but I wanted to read it and for them they read it many years ago.
The Giver by Lois Lowry had a forward in which she acknowledged the recent popularity of the novel even though she wrote it many years ago. The story, without giving too much away, depicts some future society where there is no pain, no individuality, no fun. It’s sort of a black-and-white society…no highs…no lows. The Giver is a member of the society that has special “powers” and it is interesting to learn about the society through the interaction between the Giver and the Receiver.
This book was written at a middle school level, but I found it very enjoyable and worthwhile novel to read. It is rather short, but it is a very good story. The end is intense and I could see where young folks might not like the ending.